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Scholarly biography

Raphael Schlembach is a senior lecturer in criminology in the School of Applied Social Science. He completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2010 and has held previous lectureships at UCLan, Liverpool Hope and Sussex.

Raphael is joint Course Leader for the BA Criminoloy and Sociology and coordinates the university's Citizenship, Governance & Security pathway in the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC).


Research interests

Raphael’s research is in the areas of protest and social movements, criminology and criminal justice, and social and political theory. He is the author of a book on European social movements (Against Old Europe, Routledge) and he has published widely on protest, policing and critical theory. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as Citizenship Studies, Critical Social Policy, Social Movement Studies, Environmental Politics, Sociology Compass and the European Journal of Social Theory.

He currently leads a research project that scrutinises the public inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales, with initial funds coming from Brighton University's Rising Stars Award. Raphael was interviewed about the research on the European TV network ARTE and has provided expert commentary on the delays and secrecy clouding the inquiry in the Independent, the Conversation and a range of blogs.

Previously he has received the Colin Seymour-Ure prize for his undergraduate thesis from the University of Kent, a four-year studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for his doctoral research at the University of Manchester and a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham.

Raphael currently serves on the Editorial Board of Sociology Research Online (since 2015) and on the Management Board of the university's Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics. He is a member of the British Society of Criminology, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Supervisory Interests

Raphael is interested in receiving proposals for doctoral studies in his areas of expertise, including critical approaches to:

  • protest and social movements
  • criminal justice and social policy
  • migration and citizenship
  • policing and security
  • nationalism and the far right
  • critical and democratic theory

For current funding opportunities see: http://www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

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Research Output 2009 2019

Undercover policing and the spectre of ‘domestic extremism’: the covert surveillance of environmental activism in Britain

Schlembach, R., 1 Jun 2018, In : Social Movement Studies. 17, 5, p. 491-506

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Advances in social movement theory since the global financial crisis

Nulman, E. & Schlembach, R., 20 Jun 2017, In : European Journal of Social Theory.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
social movement
Social Movements
financial crisis
meso level
subject of study

Negation, refusal and co-optation: The Frankfurt School and social movement theory

Schlembach, R., 28 Oct 2015, In : Sociology Compass. 9, 11, p. 987-999 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Frankfurt School
social movement
critical theory
Social Movements
negative dialectic

Against Old Europe: critical theory and alter-globalization movements

Schlembach, R., 28 Aug 2014, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. 172 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearch

Critical Theory
Social Movements
Global Justice

Impossible protest: noborders in Calais

Rigby, J. & Schlembach, R., 1 Apr 2013, In : Citizenship Studies. 17, 2, p. 157-172 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Red Cross

Activities 2017 2019

Criminalising Dissent: A Closing Space for Civil Society?

Raphael Schlembach (Organiser), Deanna Dadusc (Organiser), Roxana Cavalcanti (Organiser)
1 Mar 2019

Activity: EventsConference


Gender, Activism and Criminal Justice

Raphael Schlembach (Organiser), Deanna Dadusc (Organiser), Greta Squire (Organiser)
24 May 2017

Activity: EventsWorkshop